Talking to patients about aerobic exercise for disease prevention: an educational exercise for medical students

Nutr Clin Care. 2002 May-Jun;5(3):103-14. doi: 10.1046/j.1523-5408.2002.00041.x.


Numerous data demonstrate the importance of physical activity in reducing obesity and cardiovascular mortality and morbidity. Research demonstrates the beneficial impact of physician counseling on health promoting behaviors. Unfortunately, few physicians or medical students receive formal training in exercise counseling. We describe an educational activity used to provide medical students with the tools needed to begin to engage patients in activity counseling.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Counseling / education*
  • Education, Medical*
  • Exercise / physiology
  • Exercise / psychology*
  • Health Promotion*
  • Humans
  • Motivation
  • Patient Education as Topic*
  • Students, Medical / psychology